Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day picture

I told my kids for Mother's Day I wanted a good picture of them.
together. 
with the real camera. 

Most of my attempts looked like
this

or this.

But eventually with lots of bribery, some patience and a roaring dinosaur I got these gems. 


My loves. 
Being a mom is the very best. 

Hope all you Mommas had a Happy Mother's Day! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hey there strangers

Hey strangers!
How have you guys been? 
I feel like we just need to grab a cup of coffee and sit down and catch up on life. 
Here's a little recap of what the Sellars' have been up to. 

The past few weeks were spent packing.
and packing and packing and packing and...

moving!! 
Literally just a half mile away from our own house so super close but still moving.
Remind me never to move again. 
At least for a long, long time.  

Our new house has lots of great things we love. 
Like an extra bedroom and these beauties. 

I love spring but I'm counting down the days until all I have to wash are bathing suits. 
#isitsummeryet
Also I'm totally the worst end of school year mom ever right now. 
If you haven't read Jen's post about it you.have.to. 
Click the link above and die laughing.
It's just so true.  

When Daddy's gone we eat breakfast for dinner. 
Heck who am I kidding. 
Lately my kids have been eating cereal for lunch.
Most days.
Don't worry. 
Sometimes I add in a green smoothie too.  

Adventures in the big boy bed. 
or not. 

Little love birds. 
This will be in their wedding slide show one day. 

Double trouble. 
They get so excited when we let them sit in the car next to each other and then we remember why we have to split them up. 
Every time. 

twinning with Daddy 

Five year olds playing baseball is the cutest and hardest thing ever to watch. 
It is the cutest train wreck you have ever seen. 

Always wanderlusting 

\Swim season started. 
If you need me you know where to find me.
Usually chasing the non swimmer around the pool. 

I love that they've been able to have so much one on one time this year while the big kids were in school.
It's so fun to watch their relationship grow. 
And Maddie's jumper. I need it in my size. 

Beware the tickle monster. 
Doing what we have to do to survive baseball games. 

We had the best time with friends in Big Sur (more detail post soon. hopefully)

Little man tripped and fell on the tile chin first. 
4.5 hours at the ER later he had 4 stitches. 

Our new backyard was overflowing with these morning cloak caterpillars.
It's been so fun to share them with friends and watch them turn into chrysalis' and wait for them to emerge as butterflies. 
Seriously, creation is the coolest. 
Thanks God for being such an awesome Creator. 

What have you guys been up to?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Life

These pictures pretty much sum up my life right now.
It's spent...
constantly multitasking.
This day it was pinning towels and tasting the kids play dough creations. 
Trying to capture peaceful moments like this and being intentional to notice and soak up the beauty that is around me. Sometimes it's right in front of my face and sometimes I have to search hard for it.
This bunch. 
loud, crazy, silly, energetic, fun
And me. Exhausted at the end of each day.
Getting out of town. 
Going on adventures and being in nature
and breathing fresh air and escaping the busyness
puppy hood. 
It is no joke people.
I want to kill her about 5 million times a day. 
If I had emojis on here this one would just have lots of hearts. 

Here's a peek at some other moments from the past couple of weeks. 
 parks, hikes, birthday celebrations, early mornings, crazy boys, 60 valentines 
 Thai food, bike riding, Moms in Prayer brunch, date night, painting, baseball practice, mini mama
hooded towels, boutiques, beach shenanigans, 7 going on a teenager, date days

I'm just one big hot mess most days constantly amazed at how much I need Jesus and even more amazed at how much He delights in me in spite of it all. 

If you had to sum up your life right now in one word what would it be? 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our monster van (Nissan NV)

We got a new car. 
Well if you can even call it that. 
It might better be labeled "beast" or "monster van" as my kids like to call it. 
If you have been following me for a couple years you will know that we have been eyeing the Nissan NV for a long time.
It is an awesome 12 passenger van. 
Yes you hear me right, it can hold twelve people!  

Last week we finally traded in our RAM truck and our minivan and got this bad boy. 

You guys, I didn't even test drive it.
I am a really bad driver. 
Well mostly parker. 
The thought of driving this thing freaked me out. 
And the thought of parking this thing freaked me out even more. 
But after thinking about our options and trying out different things we realized that the best car solution for our family was for us to get an all electric car that my hubby would drive to work (he got the Nissan Leaf a couple months ago) and for us to get the NV as our family car. 
And once I knew that this is what we should do I didn't care how hard it would be for me to get used to I was determined to make it work.

And praise Jesus I LOVE it! 
love. love. love. it
I wish we would have gotten it months ago. 

It is super easy to drive (even for me which is saying a lot). 
It is super comfy and spacious. 
We actually have room to take other people places with us and we have room for all of our stuff (on road trips, etc.). 
I've been parking in easy parking spots (i.e. back of parking lots, next to handicap spots) because I'm still getting used to parking it but I'm getting better and better.

Ok, ready for a little tour. 
This is the car with all 12 seats in. 
There are two rows of 3 and the back row holds 4. 
Crazy, right?!
Since the trunk is pretty small with all 12 seats in and we rarely will need to take 12 people, we switched it up a bit. 
We took all 4 seats in the back out and moved the two rows of 3 further apart so that everyone has a ton of leg room (our kids can almost stretch out their whole legs and not touch the seat in front of them). 
This also gave us a TON of room in the trunk (pic below). 
We put the girls in the front row, and the boys in the back row. 
Here's the trunk. 
Plenty of room for our stroller, box filled with sweatshirts, extra clothes for the kids in case of an accident, Ergo, diapers, etc., a quilt and a box with jumper cables/car stuff. 
The doors also detach and swing all the way open (around the sides of the car).
Plus lots of extra room. 
The front is super roomy too. 
This giant center console is one of my favorite parts. It can hold files, etc. but I organized all of our stuff into little tubs and have them stacked in there. There are also a ton of cup holders, seat warmers, and other goodies like 120V outlets to charge your laptop and more. 
One of the other huge reasons we got the NV was that it can tow a lot of weight. 
We have a tent trailer that we take on camping trips multiple times a year and needed something to tow it and more (one day we would love to get a bigger trailer).
We are so thankful to have found a car that works well for us and that we love! Oh and we saved hundreds of dollars a month by consolidating to one vehicle.
Now we just need a few more kids to fill it up with. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dating my boy

When Mackenzie was little we started dating our kids
Every few weeks (sometimes more, sometimes less) Aaron or I take one of the kids out on a Mommy or Daddy date. 
Just us and one kid. 
one. kid. 
It's so good to be able to have them all to myself. 
To hear everything they have to say, to go slow (or fast...oh the things you can do with only one kid), to soak them all up and enjoy every last bit of them.

This year Wesley and I have been spoiled because every Thursday we have 2 whole hours all by ourselves while Mackenzie is still in school and my mom has the littles at her Bible Study.
It has been so much fun to hang out with my biggest little man every week. 
Every Thursday he runs out of his class with a giddy smile to ask what I have planned for the day.

Usually we go out to lunch 

or I pack us a lunch and we go out for dessert. 

Sometimes we go on a bike ride to the park (or Yogurtland...my fav). 

I don't think Wesley stops talking the entire time. 
He has a lot of say and I love hearing all of it.

Sometimes we will run an errand together (you guys I forgot how easy it is to have one kid. Especially one who can walk, and buckle and unbuckle themselves and obey instructions...well most of the time). 
The one thing I have learned is that it does not matter what we do, he thinks it is the best day ever because we are together.
Just the two of us.
It's one of my favorite parts of the week too. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cliffs Notes version

Hey strangers!
I've been meaning to get back here for a long time.
It just seemed like so much has happened and I didn't have the energy to write a looooong boring recap post.
So I'm just going to stick with a cliffs notes version.
Here's goes...

1. Kenzie turned 7.
seriously how do I have a s.e.v.e.n. year old?!
Don't tell her I still haven't done her birthday blog post yet, ok?

2. We bought a cabin!

in Big Bear (our local mountains!).
It's so magical there (especially in the snow).
We rent it out on airbnb if you ever want to come for a stay. 

3. White Collar

Our new favorite show. If you are looking for a new series to start, it's available on Netflix.

4. I've been painting in my free time. I forgot how much I love it. 

5. I got the best Christmas present ever!
(oh I also got bangs)

 Me and my Madson bike are BFFs. 

6.  I really really want to read the Bible all the way through this year and I'm super excited about my new journaling Bible.

7. Our best friends are moving to New Zealand in just a few days. It's been so hard to try to say goodbye but we are so excited for what God has for them there.


8. This is my life. Trying to sew (or fill in the blank) while 2-3 other things at the same time. Today it was pinning and play dough tasting. Motherhood=multitasking 

9. Aaron and I got to go to Hawaii (kidless!) to celebrate our 10 year anniversary which meant sleeping in, uninteruppted conversations, enjoying water without worrying about anyone drowning and hiking without anyone complaining they were tired. But we totally missed the kids. 


10. We got a puppy!
Her name is Roxy and she's an Australian Shepherd.
I love her and I hate her at the same time.
Just kidding I love her, but puppy training is no joke people. 

10. I miss you all! And this little blog. Hopefully I'll be blogging more than once every 5 months.
See you again soon!